I was riding my horse out alone yesterday and a few things happened that really got me thinking. 3 dogs chased us and napped at his heels. To make sure he didnt kick the dog or get bitten, i had to growl at the dog enough to get rid of it, without scaring my horse. Luckily, my stroking his neck as i yelled at the dog, assured him he wasnt in trouble. I was really impressed with my boy and I think events like that do bring you and your horse closer together because they learn that you are they're safety zone. This sort of event makes me wonder, how many of us can really say that in a dangerous situation, would our horses really trust us enough to act calmly and go against all instincts that scream RUN!!! "It is often said that if a dog is a man's best friend, then a horse is a man's best slave."